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  1. Content Article
    In a multicultural society, individuals from diverse linguistic backgrounds may face language barriers when seeking healthcare. Effective communication is essential to ensure that patients can accurately express their symptoms, concerns and medical history, and understand the information given to them by healthcare providers. In this blog, Kathryn Alevizos discusses some of the common language barriers non-native English speaking patients can experience, and offers practical advice on how we can all improve our intercultural communication skills.
  2. News Article
    NHS England will ask GP practices to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for patients with a learning disability or autism such as giving them ‘priority appointments’. They could also be asked to provide ‘easy-read appointment letters’ to the group, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said yesterday in a new strategy on strengthening support for autistic people and those with a learning disability. It said the measures aim to support Government plans to reduce reliance on mental health inpatient care, with a target to reduce the number of those with a learning disability or autism in specialist inpatient care by 50% by March 2024 compared with March 2015. The policy paper said: ‘We know that people experience challenges accessing reasonably adjusted support which may prevent them from having their needs met.’ It added: ‘To make it easier for people with a learning disability and autistic people to use health services, there is work underway in NHS England to make sure that staff in health settings know if they need to make reasonable adjustments for people." NHS England is also developing a ‘reasonable adjustments digital flag’ that will signal that a patient may need reasonable adjustments on their health record, it said. It plans to make this flag, which is currently being tested, available across all NHS services, it added. Read full story Source: Pulse 15 July 2022
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    Leading doctors say they have concerns about the NHS reducing mentions of the word "women" in ovarian cancer guidance. They say "it may cause confusion" and create barriers to care. But NHS Digital, which writes the online advice, said they wanted to make it relevant for everyone who needs it. The updated guidance now says that people with ovaries, such as trans men, can also be affected. Until February, the NHS guidance began by explaining ovarian cancer was "one of the most common types of cancer for women". Now, the only specific mention of women comes on the third page with the explanation that ovarian cancer can affect "women, trans men, non-binary people and intersex people with ovaries". NHS Digital said the changes were introduced to make the advice more relevant and inclusive. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which represents thousands of women's health specialists and pregnancy doctors, said the language used "does need to be appropriate, inclusive and sensitive to the needs of individuals whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth". But it added: "Limiting the term 'woman' to one mention may cause confusion and create further barriers for some women and people trying to make an informed choice about their care. "We would therefore support the use of the word 'woman' alongside inclusive language." Read full story Source: BBC News, 8 June 2022
  4. News Article
    In the older European population, men, as well as those with lower socioeconomic status, weak social ties, and poor health, might experience more difficulties getting informal support and are considered to have a higher risk of worsening frailty state and lower quality of life. This reality is shown in a new doctoral thesis at Umeå university. Read the full article here
  5. News Article
    Leeds Teaching Hospitals has launched a support fund for patients, their relatives and volunteers who may be struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is intended to assist (but is not limited to): Bereaved relatives facing immediate financial pressures until their personal financial affairs are sorted eg having weekly bills to meet and no immediate access to bank accounts Patients isolating for 14 days in advance of admission to hospital and suffering income loss, excess cost or other financial hardship as a result Patients, their immediate families or volunteers who have experienced significant household income loss as a result of the pandemic and are struggling with financial obligations Those experiencing significant increases in costs as a direct result of the pandemic, eg increased childcare costs Read the full article here
  6. Content Article
    Much research has been done into the causes, extent and impact of health inequalities that affect rural and coastal populations. Health services in these areas currently face serious challenges due to a combination of factors, including social deprivation, ageing populations and workforce staffing issues. In this blog, Patrick Mitchell, Director of Innovation, Digital and Transformation at Health Education England (HEE), describes a new HEE programme that aims to help tackle health inequalities in rural and coastal areas.
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    In this article in the journal Public Health, Göran Dahlgren and Margaret Whitehead, the original authors of the Dahlgren and Whitehead model of the main determinants of health, sometimes known as ‘The Rainbow Model', reflect on how the model has been used over the past thirty years. They tell the story of the model’s journey from initial rejection to worldwide acclaim, and reflect on why it has proved illuminating in many different settings. The authors also outline how they use the model with the complementary Diderichsen Framework to explain the how the known determinants of health bring about health inequalities. They then discuss what else needs to be done to gain insight and take action on determinants of health and growing inequalities in the post-pandemic world.
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    Access to healthcare is a basic right, but refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK often face barriers to accessing health services. The Refugee Council has released this collection of guides and films for health professionals, decision-makers and NGOs to address health inequalities experienced by refugees and people seeking asylum.
  9. Content Article
    The Global Drug Policy Index provides a score and ranking for each country to show how much their drug policies and their implementation align with the UN principles of human rights, health and development. It offers an important accountability and evaluation mechanism in the field of drug policy.
  10. Content Article
    This is the report of the Scottish Government's Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities. The report brings together thinking on poverty, lack of employment, children's lives and support for families and physical and social environments, as well as on health and wellbeing. It makes clear that the Scottish Government will not only respond to the consequences of health inequalities, but also tackle its causes.
  11. Content Article
    This article from the King's Fund examines the differences in health outcomes for ethnic minority groups, highlighting the variation across groups and conditions, and considers what’s needed to reduce health inequalities.
  12. Content Article
    Sunday 16 January 2022 marked World Religion Day. Around half of the UK population identify with a faith tradition, and in this blog, Jeremy Simmons, Policy and Programme Officer at FaithAction, highlights the important role of faith-based organisations in addressing health inequalities and helping people access healthcare. FaithAction is a national network of faith-based and community organisations seeking to serve their communities through social action and by offering services such as health and social care, childcare, housing and welfare to work.
  13. Content Article
    Many asylum seekers struggle to access healthcare when they come to the UK due to the extensive paperwork needed to register with primary care and other services. Many new arrivals have complex health needs for which current NHS healthcare systems struggle to offer appropriate care, exacerbating the trauma already experienced by many of these vulnerable people and families. In this article for The BMJ, the authors look at how how a model response to this issue was developed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  14. Content Article
    In this blog for the King's Fund, Toby Lewis examines the need for NHS organisations to ensure its staff members in lower-paid roles are paid enough to meet their living costs. He calls for organisations to pay the real Living Wage, a figure based on actual living costs, rather than the National Living Wage. Currently, NHS pay scales at and below Band 2 spine point 3 do not reach the real Living Wage. He argues that adopting a real Living Wage policy results in a return on investment in the form of fewer vacancies, smaller staff turnover and less sickness - 60% of real Living Wage employers state that it improves recruitment, quality of applicant, and retention in lower-paid roles.
  15. Content Article
    People living in deprived areas experience the most significant health inequalities in terms of access, experience and outcomes. There are large reductions in life expectancy for those living in the most deprived areas compared to people living in the least deprived areas. NHS England commissioned a research project into access, experience and outcomes related to health services in socio-economically deprived communities. This communications and engagement toolkit is an output of the research. The toolkit is designed to be used by communications and engagement professionals and others across the NHS with a responsibility for communicating to and engaging with people in the most deprived areas. 
  16. Content Article
    This white paper from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) describes a framework to guide health care organisations in their efforts to provide safe, equitable, person-centred telemedicine. The framework includes six elements to consider: access, privacy, diagnostic accuracy, communication, psychological and emotional safety, and human factors and system design.
  17. Content Article
    In a fundamental sense, the vision for transforming virtual care from that of an exclusive service that benefits only a few to that of a standard for providing equitable care for all echoes the age-old debate between policy variations on the zip code and the genetic code. This commentary from Esha Ray Chaudhuri aims to further develop the key theme of engaging the “reimagining” of virtual care for older ethnic adults—by considering the syndemic nature of COVID-19 and the intersection of cultural interventions in care and equity in virtual care.
  18. Content Article
    In October 2021 the government announced a review into leadership across health and social care, led by former Vice Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Gordon Messenger and supported by Dame Linda Pollard, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust. The results of the review have now been published and recommendations made.
  19. Content Article
    In a project led by the Race Equality Foundation, the Men’s Health Forum teamed up with Faith Action and Clinks to develop a community-centred programme to offer blood pressure testing and raise awareness amongst black African and Caribbean males. The programme was piloted in barbershops, a bus depot and a local church in three London boroughs. It demonstrated that offering blood pressure checks in community settings could help overcome the reluctance amongst black African and Caribbean men to have their blood pressure checked. The report, following evaluation between February-March 2020 in the London boroughs of Southwark, Hackney and Brent, concluded: 'The community blood pressure programme was welcomed in all community settings. The pilots engaged a considerable number of men in an accessible environment that they were comfortable in. There was a willingness from community stakeholders for the programme to be implemented over a longer period of time, and healthcare providers may wish to consider the practicalities of delivering blood pressure testing in similar settings for specific target groups.'
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